Texas Tech University

Tunnel of Oppression


Wednesday, February 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday, February 23, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Student Union Building: Red Raider Ballroom

The Tunnel of Oppression is an immerse experience where you will encounter first-hand different forms of oppression through interactive acting, hearing monologues and multimedia presentations. Participants come in to direct contact with the following scenes of oppression:

  • Ethnocentrism (Belief in Superiority of One's Own Culture)
  • Bias
  • Privilege
  • LGBT Concerns
  • Body Image
  • Suicide and Cyber Bullying
  • Relationship Violence
  • Racism
  • Sexual Assault and Awareness
  • Mental Health
  • Homelessness

Some scenes are monologues from actual student experiences on campus; others deal with local hot topics. At the completion of the Tunnel, participants will participate in an active 30 minute processing session, where they will discuss the experience and learn how they can rethink their role in creating positive social change.

About the Tunnel

The Tunnel of Oppression highlights contemporary issues of oppression by introducing participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege and power. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression.

The Tunnel is a campus grassroots diversity program that originated in 1993 at the Western Illinois University. Using the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California as a model, the Tunnel strives to give people a way to experience oppression in a hands-on way. By engaging the emotions of the participants, it allows for the accounts expressed in the program to be truly effective. People may have never been placed in these types of situations, and they obtain a sense of what it may feel like to experience discrimination or oppression. While the Tunnel may evoke strong emotions, it can be an effective tool used to teach people about how it really feels to be in the various situations. After the incredible response and positive feedback we received after the last several years, the Tunnel has now become an annual event.

Tour the Tunnel

Tours begin every 10 minutes, and will take approximately 45 - 60 minutes to complete. Due to limited space, reservations are highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome.

We highly encourage participants to experience the tunnel as a group, whether it be a class or student organization.

Walk ups to the Tunnel of Oppression are welcome. Participants who walk up may have to wait for the next available tour.

Tour the Tunnel

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to volunteer during tunnel as an actor, group leader of facilitator, please email Annette Sawadogo

Contact Us

Do you have questions? Would you like more information about supporting the Tunnel of Oppression at Texas Tech University? Please email the Assistant Director of Residence Life, Annette Sawadogo.

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